Manhattan Heliport Restricts Doors-Off Helicopter Tours

By R&WI Staff | April 18, 2018
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Emily Gibson, a Survival Factors Investigator with the NTSB’s Office of Aviation Safety, documents the restraint systems within the cabin of the Liberty Helicopters’ helicopter that crashed in the East River here Sunday, March 11, 2018. Image, courtesy of NTSB, via Chris O’Neil.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has amended its agreement with Firstflight Heliports and Saker Aviation Services to ban doors-off helicopter tourism flights from operating out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH).

No doors-off flights presently depart from the heliport, and this new amendment ensures that practice will be codified as permanent policy.


The move follows the doors-off helicopter crash of a New Jersey-based tourist helicopter in the East River March 11, resulting in the deaths of five passengers.

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